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The Politics Hour

D.C. gears up for a special election to replace a former lawmaker now headed to prison. Maryland braces for a special session to reconcile the state's budget woes. And new polls suggest Virginia is in store for barn-burning races later this fall. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Same Sex Marriage and the Virginia Vote

In November 2006, Virginia voters approved an amendment to the Commonwealth's constitution banning gay marriage. Ballot question 1, which amended Virginia's Bill of Rights, passed with 57% of the vote. This map shows how Virginia voted, broken down by congressional district. Virginia's 3rd District, currently represented by Bobby Scott (D), was one of only two districts to vote against the amendment:

D.C. council member David Catania talked about the city's system for issuing medical marijuana licenses:

Alsobrooks said that the ability to gather DNA evidence from people in Maryland who have been charged, but not yet convicted, of crimes can be a "crucial tool" in prosecuting murder and rape cases in the state. Recently, Maryland's highest court declared the practice unconstitutional, and the matter may later proceed to the U.S. Supreme Court:

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Weekend Musher Finds Dogs Keep Her Hanging On

Julia Bayly of Fort Kent, Maine, works as a reporter at the Bangor Daily News. Her passion outside of work is dog sledding. It's the latest installment in our hobby series "Alter Egos."
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When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.
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Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
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New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

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